The Ambassador Hotel & the Cocoanut Grove

ambassador_hotel_los_angelesFrom the time the Ambassador Hotel opened on New Years’ Day, 1921 it was more than a hotel, it was a destination. Set amidst 21 acres of landscaped grounds, with its own tennis courts, golf course, restaurants, movie theater, post office, beauty salon, barber, shops and shoeshine stands, it was like a small city on its own. Its nightclub, The Cocoanut Grove, opened a few months after the hotel and Los Angeles and Hollywood society had been enjoying palmy nights there ever since.

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Main dining room. CSL

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I. Magnin was one of several upscale shops in the Ambassador. 10-5-1926

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Separate from the hotel, the private “bungalows,” located right off the covered walkways, were in reality mini-mansions. CSL

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The golf course. The Cocoanut Grove was housed in the building with the awnings. LAPL

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The Ambassador’s swimming pool and changing rooms. The Ambassador Auditorium is just beyond. CSL.

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In September 1926, the Ambassador’s outdoor plunge hosted a swimming carnival starring visiting Olympic swimmers Ethel McGary, Agnes Geraghty, and Helen Meany. 9-4-1926.

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The Cocoanut Grove’s palm trees supposedly came from the set of Rudolph Valentino’s movie The Sheik.

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October 1, 1926: the Coconut Grove welcomed home recording artist and house bandleader Abe Lyman from an extended tour in the east.

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November 1926

To celebrate Armistice Night, November 11, 1926 film director Cecil B. De Mille and Colburn’s Furs sponsored a fashion review at the Grove. Colburn’s had a shop downtown and at the Ambassador.

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